Public invited to Tuesday meeting on alternatives to reduce downtown LP traffic

 

Aerial photo of downtown La Porte. (Provided)

An organization called the La Porte North-South Corridor is inviting the public to a meeting/discussion this Tuesday, April 13, at 6 p.m. at the La Porte Civic Auditorium to discuss alternative routes to reduce traffic in downtown La Porte.

According to its website, https://www.laportecorridor.com, the group “is dedicated to helping the community thrive. We believe with less traffic our downtown community will not only be safer but also friendlier to current and future businesses.”

The goal of its planned study, according to the site, “is to identify alternatives to heavy downtown traffic, increase pedestrian and vehicular safety, and promote strong economic growth in the greater La Porte Area. Implementation of the corridor will create a La Porte Central Business District that is livable, walkable, and a desired destination for visitors and residents alike.”

The site lists three northern alternatives and five southern alternatives. Below are the alternatives as described on the website.

Northern alternatives:

— Severs Road: This alternative would involve upgrading and widening of the existing roadway facilities from the intersection of Ind. 39 and Severs Road, east towards CR-200N, 0.22 mile east of Genesis Drive, and then the alternative curves southeast to tie into Ind. 2. The estimated length is 2.76 miles.

— Alternative C1: This alternative would involve upgrading and widening the existing roadway facilities from the intersection of Ind. 39 and CR-300N, east to 0.36 mile west of CR-100W. The alternative would then involve new roadway construction east to CR-50W where it would then curve southeast and tie into Ind. 2. The estimated length is 3.68 miles.

— Alternative C2: This alternative would involve new construction starting at Ind. 39, 0.22 mile south of I-90, east to CR-50W. This alternative would then curve southeast and continue south to tie into Ind. 2. The estimated length is approximately 4.45 miles.

Southern alternatives:

— Alternative A1: This alternative would involve new construction starting at Ind. 2, 0.24 mile east of Boyd Boulevard. The new construction will extend southwest for one mile and connect with existing Boyd Boulevard, 0.89 mile southeast of Ind. 2. This alternative would involve improvements to Boyd Boulevard until it ties into Ind. 2. The estimated length is 3.43 miles.

— Alternative A2: This alternative would involve new construction starting at Ind. 2, 0.29 mile east of Boyd Boulevard. The new construction would extend southeast for 1.05 miles and then begin to curve southwest south of Division Road. The new construction would continue southwest for 1.4 miles and connect with existing Boyd Boulevard at the Stevens Road intersection. This alternative would then improve the remainder of Boyd Boulevard until its intersection with U.S. 35. The estimated length of A2 is 3.81 miles.

— Alternative A3: This alternative would involve new construction started at Ind. 2. The new construction would extend southeast for 0.9 mile and then begin to curve south, north of Division Road. The new construction would extend 1.16 miles south and then begin to curve southwest, 0.25 mile southwest of Ind. 4. The new construction would extend southwest to connect with U.S. 35, 0.1 mile north of Boyd Boulevard. The estimated length of this alternative is 3.65 miles.

— Alternative A2/A4: This alternative would involve new construction starting at Ind. 2. The new construction would extend southeast for 1.66 miles and then begin to curve southwest at Division Road. The new construction would extend southwest for 2.37 miles until it connects with U.S. 35. The estimated length of A2/A4 is 4.03 miles.

— Alternative A4: This alternative would involve new construction starting at Ind. 2. The new construction will extend southeast for 1.6 miles and then begin to curve southwest, 0.19 mile east of CR-150E. The new construction will extend southwest for 1.7 miles and the begin to curve west, 0.06 mile south of Stevens Road. The project will then extend west until it connects to U.S. 35, 0.37 mile south of Boyd Boulevard. The estimated length of A4 is 4.99 miles.

Indiana-based Lochmueller Group is maintaining the https://www.laportecorridor.com/ website. Lochmueller Group plans and designs projects for communities.

6 Responses to “Public invited to Tuesday meeting on alternatives to reduce downtown LP traffic”

  1. K Rice

    Apr 12. 2021

    I believe this meeting is also going to be available to view live on the City of La Porte’s Facebook page. That’s the information I received from the Lochmueller Group.

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  2. lawman

    Apr 12. 2021

    alt xyz-draw lots-even gets to drive on even days, odd on the odd days. traffic cut in half.

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  3. Tim

    Apr 12. 2021

    If you wish to express your opinion to your elected representatives the site http://www.saynotolaportecorridor.com has contact info as well as maps. The site will continue to be updated as organization continues.

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  4. Ray

    Apr 13. 2021

    One simple change to keep the traffic flow moving, Is to Synchronize the traffic lights. Especially the lights at Madison and Indiana. This is probably the worse when it comes to Traffic Tieups.

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  5. Laportean

    Apr 13. 2021

    This project will be impacting everybody in the county. If you listen to the presentation and look at the graphs there are a significant number of people who will be losing their homes. The availability of housing is already limited. Where are these people going to move? The only options are out of town which will also take the workforce. I for one will not be commuting back to LaPorte for my job and will look elsewhere. Dermody wants to increase the population, but how do you do that when you run people out of town. I don’t see how this will improve traffic flow. The traffic in town is related to local businesses. People are not taken a detour to go through downtown when their destination is Indy or Chicago. There are much more direct routes. I encourage everybody to fill out the comments sheet and let them know the impact this project will have on you and your family. Keep in mind that in order to do business on the East side you will have to cross over this whether you are taking Highway 2 to South Bend or Monroe to Indian Trail School or Miller’s Merry Manor.

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    • Joe

      Apr 13. 2021

      This is complete nonsense. Traffic is fine everywhere in laporte. Trucks are everywhere, deal with it. If you dont like trucks, stop buying stuff. Problem solved. Let’s start sending all the truck traffic down tiny side streets. Brilliant! Waste of money that could be used elsewhere.

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